I’ve been to London about 40 times to date and I’d happily go there again if given a chance. It’s one city that I can never get tired of. My last trip there was in February to show at London Fashion Week and it was my third season there. People say they hate the gloomy weather, but honestly, I love it as I get to layer up to ward off the cold. I’m always game for the traditional British look, with umbrellas, trench coats and hats — it feels like time has stopped there. Friends will tell you that I enjoy going all goth — and in London I can just go to town. I can put together an overcoat, a waistcoat, a hoodie, a scarf and a hat – all in black, and the look is so grunge. Retail therapy Three places I love shopping at are All Saints, Etro and Diesel, all known for their high street fashion. All Saints is famous for its interiors and its trademark Singer sewing machine décor that is consistent in all their stores — they also make a great background for a selfie! If All Saints has a cool, grunge vibe, Etro is the opposite. I remember picking up this really expensive jacket from Etro, known for their great paisley prints, and I still love wearing it. Paul Smith is another brand that has a uniquely British flavour. I picked up a hat there that I now team with everything. Ladies, I’d recommend Aftershock at Mortimer Street for trendy fashion and Fever London at Filament Walk for vintage and retro styles. For the gentlemen, Savile Row is still the place to get the perfect suit. It’s a bit above my level of dressing up, because I’m a very casual dresser. But if I had to go formal, Ozwald Boateng and William Hunt are my pick. I love street fashion in London because people there are vibrant, edgy and experimental, and don’t hesitate to mix and match. You can have pink hair, wear an orange jacket and green pants or leopard print – and no will judge you. Design destinations House of Hackney is print paradise where everything from upholstery to wallpapers are available in brilliant designs. If you’re on a fabric hunt, like us designers usually are, don’t miss Cloth House at Soho. I have bought the most unusual fur, textured fabrics, laces and trimmings from here. For the movie I’m styling now, Robot 2, I couldn’t find what I wanted here in Mumbai, but I found the most amazing linen for a jacket and a PU-coated fabric, all at Cloth House. Dover Street Market is another must-see for all aspiring fashion designers. While exclusive Valentinos and Givenchy products are displayed here, the basement carries affordable street style clothing, and the ground floor has edgy jewellery. The Rose Bakery at the top floor is a must-visit too. London has many local markets, each with its own unique flavour. My favourites, though, are Brick Lane Market for its antiques and Camden Market for its youthful feel and for the brilliant view from the top of Primrose Hill. When there’s Fashion Week, there’s always going to be afterparties, and of course I have my favourites. Mahiki is a Polynesian-themed place that I love, and there’s the costume atmosphere at Art Club, while Novikov is a Russian bar that’s really popular. When I was there in February I hosted a party at Mahiki for Sunny Leone and Amy Jackson who were there to support me at my show. Don’t miss When in London, Harvey Nichols is a must visit. Although a luxury department store, my indulgence is at the wine and food section. I am a health and fitness freak but I cannot resist the Harvey Nichols butter biscuits and a tin of roasted and salted nuts. There is occasional sauvignon blanc or a sancerre, during the after hours. Another store I love to frequent is Selfridges, where I pick up healthy treats like biscuits and roasted nuts. Covent Garden and King’s Road also have restaurants besides beautiful boutiques and galleries. Chez Antoinette at Covent Garden is a French café that specialises in open sandwiches. Eight Over Eight on King’s Road is a must for Asian bites and great cocktails. For healthy meals, Whole Foods is my one-stop shop. Drink Shop & Do at Kings Cross is a lovely place to unwind after shopping. Of course, the best way to experience London is to do what I usually do – grab a map, get on the tube, and just explore! This is how I’ve discovered the most quirky and fun places that you’d never find in a tour guide. Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cheap-prom-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk